The day has arrived to let you all in on a secret project that I have been working on for the past few months! I’ve blogged quite a bit about Once a Tree furniture in the past and my love for their quality furnishings. They are a local furniture company here in Vancouver that crafts their beautiful millwork and furniture in a studio below the store. My pipe dream has always been to own a furniture store and Once a Tree is my biggest source of inspiration. So when they announced a few years ago that they would be doing this Designer Showcase series I thought, no way would I be selected to do one, but I’m sure as hell going to try! So I presented my bedroom concept last fall and BAM! It made it!
I am thrilled to announce that I am the next designer in the Designer Showcase series and my room will be on display from June 20th until mid-September!!
Without giving too much away, the design concept for my bedroom showcase is comfortable luxury. I strive to design spaces in everyday life that are sophisticated and luxurious but they also have to be approachable and livable. I really wanted my bedroom to demonstrate this. I have been able to select some fabulous finishes and have designed almost each piece of furniture that Once a Tree will be producing. I am so thankful to Once a Tree and Daphne for allowing me to take part in this fantastic series that enables designers like myself to design a room of their dreams. Pinch me!
The launch party is coming up on June 20th from 6-9pm. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! I would love to see you there!
Collage image sources here
A new obsession of mine is Made Goods. My God, the accessories are out of this world! I love the natural, but luxurious feel of a few of the pieces. Unique, interesting accessories are sometimes hard to come by, but these pieces are truly stunning. The Coco mirror is a true favourite, it’s a piece of art. I think it would look perfectly dramatic in a dining or living room. Now if these items could just magically appear at my house, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.
Patio season is finally upon us and I’m excited to spend weekend afternoons in the warm sun with a cocktail in hand and good eats! Decorating a patio should be an extension of the decor from your home. Lounge furniture has replaced the usual dining table and chairs as the go to for patio furniture. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes from fantastic retailers like Restoration Hardware, West Elm and Serena & Lily. I love using fun, bold pillows outdoors to add some colour. The patio is a great place to experiment with colour and pattern because the outdoors are meant to be bright and cheery right? I’m loving the Monaco collection from Serena & Lily!
Check out the full Monaco collection at Serena & Lily!
I’m in the market for new bedding….I’m textile obsessed so naturally I’m always on the hunt for new pillows, fabrics and bedding. I find it difficult at times to find good quality, stylish bedding that isn’t going to break the bank. But my top three favourites would be Dwell Studio, John Robshaw and Serena & Lily. I love mixing their different patterns and coming up with a totally custom look. Above are my top picks from each company. I’m really loving the hints of indigo blues and tans from Serena & Lily. Maybe it’s a winner?!
Top to bottom: Dwell Studio, John Robshaw, Serena & Lily
Sometimes there will be an image on Pinterest that takes my breath away and I will have to know everything about it. Exhibit A: This San Francisco Victorian designed by Ken Fulk. I saw the living room and fell in love with the black crocodile wallpaper on the fireplace, that gorgeous pendant, the sofa, the styling and the hide rug!
I love everything about this home and what Ken did. It has a nice mix of masculine & feminine touches, a lot of natural textures and I adore the livability of it all. It’s a gem!
I have become obsessed with stripes. A little too obsessed. Hence the black and white table runners at my wedding. Hell I’m even in stripes right now as I type. They’ve been around forever, but lately I feel like they’re popping up everywhere- clothing, accent walls and in the bathroom. I love the high impact effect you get by mixing two different tiles in a horizontal stripe in the shower. Or the floor, like how Sarah Richardson did above. This is a great way to get a stylish look in the bathroom without breaking the bank. I would love to see a larger format tile mixed with a thinner tile stripe to break it up. Almost like the look that Nam Dang Mitchell achieved with paint in my previous post. Again, high impact, small budget. Makes me want to paint stripes in our living room…….hmmm weekend project perhaps?
I have a few favourite Canadian interior designers that really stand out- Sarah Richardson (obvi), Candice Olson, Tommy Smythe, and Kelly Deck. Each month you are guaranteed to see any one of them featured in the top design magazines. But a new favourite of mine is Nam Dang Mitchell of Calgary, Alberta. The spaces she designs are exactly what I would describe as perfect rooms. They’re luxurious, but livable, well thought out, layered, sophisticated, tailored with so much attention to detail. I Instagrammed a photo the other day from the recent issue of House & Home magazine featuring her newest project. It is perfection. I would DIE for that media room, master ensuite and guest bedroom. I love the gallery wall, the Mongolian pouf and the painted stripes on the wall. Take a peak at the newest issue of H&H, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
There’s something to be said about a classic black & white scheme. It never tires and you will always feel fabulously chic when dressed in this high contrast combo. I’m a lover of neutrals and bold colours, but black & white will always be number one in my books.
- Threshold Black Lattice Accent Table, Target
- Srtiped Area Rug, Ikea
- Threshold Ceramic Lattice Canister, Target
- Etta Canvas Striped Pumps, J. Crew
- YSL Cabas Chic Large Leather East West Bag, Saks 5th Avenue
- Les Touches spotted pillow, Arianna Belle
On the street images: 1/2/3/4/5 In the home images: 1/2/3/4
Hello all! I’ve been a little MIA lately, but things are getting busy! Are you planning on attending the BC Home & Garden show this week? I’ll be heading there on Friday afternoon. I haven’t been in a few years, so I’m excited to go back and see some cool new products and hopefully meet some people in the industry.
Tomorrow is my birthday and I plan on spending the whole day with other designers and the Railtown Design District learning about how to run a successful design business as well as some social media tips and tricks. Afterwards, my husband is taking me to Black & Blue for dinner and I could not be more excited! I haven’t been there since it opened.
Above is an article I wrote for Home Decor & Renovations magazine. Check it out with the rest of the issue here. I’m getting really excited for spring for so many reasons, I have a feeling it’s going to be a really great year! What are you looking forward to most this spring?